The Muhlenberg womens soccer team combined something old, something
and something borrowed to make sure its season was anything but blue. The
Mules went on a surge late in the year to finish with a 13-6 record
nine-win improvement from 2005 and return to the Centennial
Dello Russo notched two goals and two assists as a
senior, ending her career with 21 points.
The old came from a group of eight seniors who won the CC
as freshmen in 2002 and helped return the program to prominence after a
couple of down years in the middle.
Goalie Kayla Boisvert had her best season as a senior, leading the
a 0.69 goals-against average and .881 save percentage in league games.
Elana Rabinowitz tied a career high with seven points, and
Andrea Dello Russo and Kristen Cioeta were starters the
Becky Giuditta, Shauna Henley, Emily Nealis and
Maria Tranguch rounded out
the unusually large senior contingent.
The new came from an outstanding freshman class that accounted
of Muhlenbergs 32 goals. The group included two sets of twins:
Christina OGrady and Kasey and Kimberly Hacker.
Both OGrady sisters
earned second-team All-CC honors, with Christina scoring 16 points and
Ashley excelling as a back, while the Hackers combined for nine goals and
three assists. Jayne Condon, Samantha Hoffman and
Christine Schaefer also
played key roles as rookies.
The borrowed element was Mallory DiMaio, who after time
at Division I
St. Johns and Division II North Florida returned home to Allentown
her final year of college. In her lone season with the Mules, she scored a
team-leading nine goals and earned second-team all-region honors.
Boisvert, who made a career-high 15 saves in the
Dickinson game, finished her career third on the Mules all-time list
with a 1.10 goals-against average. She was named to the All-CC second
It took a while for the talents to click. Muhlenberg began its season with
a dramatic 3-2 win against Gwynedd-Mercy, coming back from a 2-0 deficit
with three goals in the final 14:25, but was only 4-5 overall and 1-3 in
the CC at the end of September.
Then the calendar turned the page, and the Mules turned the corner. They
went 9-0 in October, outscoring their opponents 20-4 to clinch the fourth
seed in the CC playoffs. Included in the winning streak were road wins
against eventual ECAC champion Gettysburg and defending CC regular-season
In the first round of the CC playoffs, Muhlenberg knocked off Ursinus for
the second time in three days, 1-0. It was a reversal of 2004, when the
Bears defeated the Mules in both the regular-season finale and the first
round of the playoffs. Muhlenberg lost in the CC semifinals, 3-1 to
eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins.